Early election returns show Sen. Josh Newman and former Assemblymember Steven Choi leading in the 37th Senate district race.

The race for the 37th Senate district is a crowded one — and the only state Senate contest voters will see on their ballots this year.

Aside from Newman and Choi, there are nine other candidates, including: Gabrielle Ashbaugh, neurosurgical technologist Leticia Correa, surgical coordinator Jacob Niles Creer, former Councilmember Anthony Kuo, medical authorization coordinator Stephanie Le, Councilmember Crystal Miles, community organizer Alex Mohajer, BuildersMax CEO Guy Selleck and respiratory therapist Jenny Suarez.

Choi, Kuo, Miles and Selleck are Republicans; the other seven candidates are Democrats.

Only the initial results of counted mail ballots have been posted by the Registrar of Voters as of yet. Results will continue to be tallied throughout Tuesday night and will be updated every weekday until all ballots are counted. Continue to check back here for updates.

Those early results showed Miles, Selleck and Mohajer trailing Newman and Choi, respectively.

SD-37 is a sprawling district — changed during the decennial redistricting process in 2021 — and includes at least parts of Irvine, Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Orange, Fullerton and Laguna Niguel.

As of Feb. 20, according to data from the secretary of state’s office, registered voters in the district include 36.9% Democrats, 33.3% Republicans and 23.8% no party preference.